A first summer ring-billed gull Larus delawarensisturned up at Achmelvich on the 6th June and seesm content to be hanging around with the other common gulls on the machair. First seen by Simon Cohen, this photograph is by David Haines.
Althought it has been seen here before a few years ago this is the third North American gull in four weeks – must have been some bad weather over there.
Also on the 8th June local birdwatchers got excited and thought we had another rare gull but it turns out to be a pure albine Kittiwake, which seems to be very uncommon. Seen and photographed by David Haines.
There are many records of albino Herring gulls and other gulls but no one is coming up with Kittiwake – from Fife’s BTO regional organiser to the Curator of Birds at the National Museums of Scotland.
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single bird, Balchladich (Claire Belshaw) (01/12)
five birds flew up from road verge between Little Assynt Tree Nursery and All-abilities car parks (Vickii Campen) (30/11)
single bird north of Elphin (Vickii Campen) (30/11)
single bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (30/11)
single bird hunting over Clachtoll/Stoer (DAH) (30/11)
15 birds over Bay of Stoer (DAH) (30/11)
five birds (3 male, 2 female) on river out from Spar car park, Lochinver (Vickii Campen) (28/11)